D.A.R.E. program graduations in Washington County

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The D.A.R.E. program has made a comeback in Washington County.

Wednesday morning, Vernon Elementary School graduated its first D.A.R.E. class in nearly a decade.

The fifth graders completed a 10-week program designed to put them on a path free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.

This is the first time in almost 10 years the D.A.R.E. program has been in Washington County schools.

Officials say they hope these students carry what they've learned with them for years to come.

"I've actually met people now that's school teachers that found out and inquired about bringing the program back and they've actually told me some success stories of when they went through the program over 20 years ago," Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews said.

Fifth graders at Kate Smith Elementary School in Chipley also completed the D.A.R.E. Program. They had their graduation Tuesday morning.